Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rock opera - fossil collection

My favourite everyday rocks! Fossilicious* sandstones all found on the local stretch of the Yorkshire coast. These are mass burial events where lots of bivalves or brachiopods (the occassional crinoid) were caught in a layer or scour in the seabed.

Talk about great still life drawing specimens!

Come see the fossil and rock collection at my OPEN STUDIO
North Yorkshire Open Studios
6/7 June and 13/14 June
Addresses and details at: http://www.nyos.org.uk

(* not a geological term, though it should be)





Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Open studio - meet the dragon!

Mark the date!

North Yorkshire Open Studios - Scarborough
6/7 June and 16/17 June
www.nyos.org.uk for details and addresses


  • Meet the studio lizard, Mort!*
  • See the new "Colours of Yorkshire" postcard sized paintings!
  • See the CSI drawing box!








*If you don't like lizards don't worry, Mort's idea of freedom is sitting in the sunshine on the windowsill for 3 hours without moving. So no dragons underfoot or scaring visitors. 

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Splash - a work in progress

From Lake Michigan

To studio wall

To sketches on canvas:


To underpainting:

To finished paintings:

Splash, Starboard
acrylic on canvas, 100cm x 80cm


Splash, Port
acrylic on canvas, 100cm x 80cm

Friday, May 01, 2015

Wave mechanics - a day at the beach

This is what happens if you watch the waves with me.... apologies to my mom for the lecture.




Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mixed media - screenprint and drawing together

Using a simple screenprint as the basis of a series of unique mixed-media pieces.


Drawing on top - each differently. Close-up details:








Last stage of quality control, dragon approval!


The first of the new series are available in my Printmaking gallery
on my website. 

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

5 secrets from the studio

1.
My "rolodex" is a TARDIS. 
Why not make admin fun?
Different drawer for suppliers, artists, galleries, etc.


2.
My blade holder for cleaning the glass palette.
I couldn't find what I needed so I used a moldable plastic to create my own holder! 


3.
Need a cheap fixative for studies, sketchbook, etc?
Hairspray! Non-archival of course, but perfect for everyday.


4.
To check tones in my work, I have these Selectatone glasses. 
They filter out colour so you just can see the white/black/greys balance.
Bonus: they look super geeky!


5.
Square rule.
The most useful square rule version I've ever found is actually a quilter's square.
I use it for cutting, masking, measuring, framing, almost every day!



Well, Mort says we must get back to work now! A dragon is a great studio addition, but definitely not good for productivity.




Thursday, March 26, 2015

Drawing bivalves

This week is all about the bivalves!

And I found this gorgeous specimen of Inoceramus pinniformis from the Flamborough Chalk at Dane's Dyke. I saw a hint of shell and hammered it open to get both sides nearly intact. So nice! So I actually took this one home and varnished it so that I can display it open or closed. It's in very fragile sandstone so I had to wrap it in my scarf to get home safely.


The other piece I found the same day is half of another Inoceramus pinniformis in a chalk nodule.


Of course the ever-popular "Devil's toenail" or Gryphaea are also bivalves and I have been sketching a few of those too, including some at the Scarborough Rotunda. In fact a Gryphaea print is now available here in my Geology Art shop.

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